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I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com, and this is my review of the Hella 14-inch LED Light Bar with a narrow beam pattern fitting all 1987 and up Wranglers. Today we're gonna talk through the installation of this light bar as well as the beam pattern, the brightness and some of the other features.Hella is known for making a really high-quality light, so if that's what you're after, this is going to be a really nice option. Now, a 14-inch light bar is a little bit unique because it doesn't have a standard mounting location. It's not like a 15-inch light bar where there are a lot of bolt-on brackets to put it up above your windshield or like a single post cube that are designed to go on your bumper. You are gonna have to get a little bit more creative with the mounting of this light. But if you're looking for additional light output either on the front of your Jeep or on the rear of your Jeep as a reverse light, this light bar could be the one that you're looking for.Now, because Hella does make a high-quality product, this is going to be a little bit more expensive than some of the other light bars on the market that are of a similar size. However, the light output and the build quality of this light certainly rationalize the higher cost.To get this light bar installed is a one out of three wrenches. However, there is going to be drilling required. As I mentioned, there aren't a lot of bolt-on brackets for a 14-inch light bar like this one, so chances are you're going to have to drill a couple of holes or make your own bolt-on bracket. However, if all you want to do is mount this on your bumper and you're willing to drill a couple of holes, this becomes a very simple install. Use the included L-brackets and the included hardware to get this bolted wherever you decide to mount it, and then it's a simple matter of wiring it up.Now, one of the big benefits to LED is the high light output from a relatively low draw. So there is a chance that you could wire this directly into an existing light circuit that you have on your Jeep without any problem. Or if you don't already have lights or if you want this switched independently, you can always run a relay switch and fuse wiring harness which are available on the website prebuilt if you don't want to build your own.The whole installation process for this light is fairly simple as I mentioned before and shouldn't take you more than about an hour. But it certainly can take you more depending on how clean you want to run your wiring and how much work you have to do there. As far as tools go, you'll just need your traditional hand tools, some wiring tools and if you're gonna have to drill a couple of holes for where you want to mount this light, you will, of course, need a drill and some sharp drill bits.Like I said in the beginning of this video, Hella is known for making a high-quality product and this is a good example of that. Along with that high-quality product comes a higher price tag. Now, Hella does have their value fit line which is made in China, and they're gonna be a little bit of a lower quality light but also a less expensive light so that is certainly an option if you want Hella but you don't have the budget for this light. However, this is a made in New Zealand, high-quality, top of the line Hella product, so it does command a higher price. In my opinion, it is worth that price because of the flexibility you have for a smaller light bar this size, the fact that it has two different beam patterns and the fact that it's made of a plastic material instead of metal means that this thing is going to last a very long time.So if you're looking for an auxiliary lighting solution for the front or the rear of your Jeep and you want a really high-quality light that's going to last forever, I would definitely recommend taking a look at this light from Hella. If you don't quite have the budget for this light and you're okay with something that's a little bit lower quality or doesn't have quite the same light output as this one, there are a lot of other options on the website that are gonna be a little less expensive.So that's my review of the Hella 14-inch LED Light Bar and Narrow Beam fitting all 1987 and up Wranglers that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.
Installation Time: (approx) 1 Hour
Difficulty Level:Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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December 21, 2016
Great light, decent installation. Make sure to buy a switch. Took about 2 hours to install. Very bright!
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